Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Richard Marsicano

Second Committee Member

Stephanie Stein

Third Committee Member

Brian McGladrey

Abstract

Behavior skills training (BST), composed of modeling, instructions, rehearsal, and feedback, is an efficient and commonly used training package that has been proven effective in fostering behavior change in a variety of learners and with a multitude of behaviors, including those related to health and fitness. Feedback has been deemed a critical component of BST and there are various ways in which feedback can be administered. This study compared the effectiveness and efficiency of providing verbal feedback versus acoustical feedback within a BST package when teaching beginning yoga postures to participants who have never before practiced yoga. No feedback method proved to be significantly more effective or efficient than the other. Future research should replicate this study with additional participants to gather more substantial findings.

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